The relatively flat and temperate coastal landscape of the Languedoc makes it ideal for a variety of active pursuits. The area is covered with walking and biking trails and is a perfect base for short day trip activities. Here are a few examples:
The Med coast from Montpellier to Perpignan is dotted with beaches, some bustling and busy surrounded by shops and resorts and others more isolated with acres of white sand. There’s always a spot from which to enjoy the waters of the Med and the seaside antics of the French.
Five bikes are provided for guest use, with helmets, pump and locks. The French are mad keen on cycling with very courteous and safe riding conditions plus loads of well mapped tracks and bike paths for cyclists. Relatively flat, gently undulating terrain perfect for leisurely cycling.
Canal Boating on the Midi
The Canal du Midi meets the Med at the Ports of Marseillan and Sète. Day trips are available from Agde up to the locks at Beziers. Or much longer trips have a start or finish point at either Agde or Beziers. Canal-boating is very popular and there are a wide variety of operators in the area.
The Port of Marseillan is the heart of the shellfish industry in the area. Numerous fishing vessels ply the Med and the Bassin de Thau. A visit to the information centre or a stroll along the port will put you in touch with local operators.
Marseillan is home to an active local boating and sailing club. Members and berth holders at the port can be seen regularly on the waters of the Med and the Bassin de Thau. Visit the local club or the harbourmaster to contact charter operators on the area.
Marseillan has several petanque areas, football grounds and recreation parks that are open for public use. Bike and walking trails are well documented and provide a network of options for exploring the countryside. And of course, camping – the French national pastime, camping-cars are available for hire.
Local amusement parks provide activities such as go-karting and shooting. During the summer holidays theme parks and festivals pop up regularly. All over the Languedoc region local businesses cater for kayaking, climbing, abseiling, rafting and other adventure activities. Information is readily available from the tourist centres in each town.
Market days are an integral part of French life. Almost every village has its own market day, with each village bringing their own unique flavour to the mix. Usually the best way to pick up the freshest and widest range of virtually everything and all at a reasonable price.
Narbonne, barely an hour away, has one of the best markets in the area. Wonderful cheeses , spices, meats, wine – every morning in Les Halles in the town centre.
A wide variety of goods, fresh produce, clothes and plants – every Thursday, on the Promenade and through the surrounding streets.
Every local village and town has its market days, where numbers of mobile traders, with vans full of gear, arrive and set up in the village square. Marseillan’s market day is Tuesday, and Agde is on Thursday – they start early and all close up at noon or just after. Florensac has a small produce and meat market in the square every Saturday morning. The little nearby village of Bessan has a good market on a Sunday morning. At the roundabout at the junction of the N112 and the road to Marseillan Plage, there is a large ‘Puces’ market (equivalent to our flea markets) on Saturday and Sunday mornings.